Nov. 13, 2006
Rehmann elected sheriff
By Lynda Jensen
By a margin of 700 votes, or about 5 percent of ballots cast, Scott Rehmann of Winsted was elected as McLeod County sheriff Tuesday.
“Wow, it’s been exciting,” Rehmann commented Thursday, after a whirlwind week and long election night Tuesday.
Rehmann claimed victory over Mark Taylor of Hutchinson, who is also the chief deputy for outgoing Sheriff Wayne Vinkemeier.
Rehmann carried half of the 14 townships in the county, plus the cities of Glencoe, Winsted, Lester Prairie, Silver Lake and Brownton.
Taylor carried the remaining townships, plus the cities of Biscay, Plato, Stewart, and all three precincts in Hutchinson.
The race featured tight ballot counts in nearly every city and township such as a one vote difference in Biscay to a several hundred vote difference in Glencoe.
Predictably, strong support for Rehmann swelled in the eastern half of the county, with good voter turnouts and helpful ballot counts in Winsted, Lester Prairie, and the townships of Bergen and Winsted.
However, Rehmann garnered support from the entire county in the sense that voters in nearly every precinct except Hutchinson cast ballots in his favor by about 45 to 50 percent, except for Hutchinson.
Hutchinson, a key city for any county race, cast 4,880 ballots for Rehmann, or 42 percent of the votes there.
Interestingly, Hutchinson did not feature many hot local races for Hutchinson voters, which resulted in 2,057 ballots toward Rehmann’s accumulation, or more than a quarter of his total votes.
This was enough momentum to win the day, as vote totals were tallied overall.
A long election night
Nerves were in plentiful supply as the Rehmann family watched precinct totals trickle in, with friends at their side, as election night progressed in Winsted.
Shortly after the polls closed at 8 p.m., results started to be posted on the McLeod County web site, with new precincts added every so many minutes.
Rehmann kept a lead of anywhere from 5 percent to 20 percent, and remained ahead the entire evening, with smaller precincts reporting in as well as favorable Glencoe results.
However, Hutchinson was yet to be posted, with three precincts yet to kick in.
Just before midnight, the three Hutchinson precincts were posted, equalling more than one-third of total votes cast for sheriff that day.
“It’s a huge blessing,” commented Scott’s wife, Katie. “God has a purpose for him.”
Precinct breakdown of McLeod Co. sheriff race
Precinct Rehmann votes Taylor votes
Acoma Township 215 309
Bergen Township 281 103
City of Biscay 29 30
City of Brownton 142 139
Collins Township 104 125
City of Glencoe, first precinct 258 239
City of Glencoe, second precinct 328 243
City of Glencoe, third precinct 358 255
City of Glencoe, fourth precinct 220 159
Glencoe Township 148 130
Hale Township 291 119
Hassan Valley Township 145 166
Helen Township 237 183
Hutchinson, first precinct 579 733
Hutchinson, second precinct 651 845
Hutchinson, third precinct 827 1,245
Hutchinson Township 283 262
Lester Prairie 399 214
Lynn Township 112 126
Penn Township 63 60
City of Plato 63 84
Rich Valley Township 193 151
Round Grove Township 51 63
City of Silver Lake 207 95
City of Stewart 112 147
Sumter Township 105 129
City of Winsted 671 234
Winsted Township 324 108
TOTAL 7,396 6,696